Culture, People & Ideas

Culture, People & Ideas programs at Cuyamaca College engage students in the study of global cultures as well as the rich cultures and experiences of African American, Asian American, Latino/a/x American, Middle Eastern American, and Native American peoples, with a focus on the Kumeyaay. 

These programs also examine the connections between current events and the past; the meaning of human existence, values, and knowledge; as well as culture, religion, and human creativity. 

Careers you can explore in Culture, People & Ideas Programs

Students following this career path can find employment in law and business; nonprofit and advocacy work; research; museums, archives, and historical sites; education; government service, politics, lobbying, and diplomacy; religious institutions; and journalism and publishing. 

After transferring to a University and getting their B.A., some students go directly into private, nonprofit, or public sector employment, while others continue their education by pursuing advanced degrees (M.A. or PhD) or single-subject teaching credentials.

According to the  Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the mid-career median salary for History majors is $65,000 a year, for Ethnic Studies majors it is $65,000 a year, and for Philosophy majors it is $62,000 a year.

Visit the program pages below and the Career Center to learn more about the different career options available in Culture, People & Ideas programs.


Ethnic StudiesHistory

HumanitiesKumeyaay Studies

PhilosophyReligious Studies


Skills you will learn in Culture, People & Ideas Programs

  • Interpret and evaluate evidence (i.e. primary sources, statistics, archives, existing research, etc.) by analyzing biases, patterns, trends, and relationships. 
  • Evaluate and apply course content to students’ lived experiences and current events.
  • Analyze how power and privilege operate in society, through the categories of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality.
  • Develop and support arguments using academic and organic evidence (i.e. cultural, traditional, and experiential knowledge).
  • Research and explore career options and/or obtain experience in a career field.

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